Member States held an informal exchange of views with representatives of civil society organisations on their role

CoE/Committee of Ministers

At an informal meeting on 13 April 2021, delegations from the Council of Europe’s 47 member States held an informal exchange of views with civil society representatives operating in the area of electoral assistance. The aim was to find out more about civil society’s work on the ground during the current pandemic and consider how co-operation in this field could possibly be stepped up.

The programme of the exchange of views and conclusion remarks from the Chair are available.

The exchange of views was part of the follow-up to the decision taken by the Committee of Ministers (Helsinki ministerial session, May 2019) to protect and promote civil society more effectively by improving the participation of civil society organisations and national human rights institutions in the work of the Council of Europe.

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